Following Monday’s deadly massacre at a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, authorities indicated that the shooter — a 28-year-old biological female who identified as transgender — left behind a “manifesto” apparently describing motives for the heinous act of violence.
Since then, federal investigators have reportedly been looking for clues within the document, though there has been no indication that the FBI plans to release the manifesto publicly.
In fact, some transgender activists believe it should remain hidden as leftist groups attempt to blame guns and even the Christian school where six people died instead of the obvious mental illness that plagued the killer.
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere Executive Director Jordan Budd asserted that the manifest “should not be published,” adding: “The focus should be on how this was able to happen in the first place. There should not be such easy access to deadly weaponry.”
On the other hand, a growing number of officials say that those impacted by the shooting and the general public deserve to know what the killer was thinking before embarking on the deadly mission.
The best thing we could do on #TransDayOfVisibility is release the manifesto of the trans terrorist mass shooter so that we can all see in detail how the gender ideology movement breeds violent radicals
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 31, 2023
“I believe in transparency,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN). “I know they have to do an investigation, but the shooter is dead. And I think the families need to know what was going on in the mindset of this person. And frankly, the country does, too.”
He went on to cite evidence of “a real mental illness problem in the trans community” that could lead to future acts of violence by such individuals.
The Nashville massacre marked the fourth mass shooting in recent years by a killer who identified as transgender — and activists have increasingly called on trans individuals to take up arms against perceived threats they see throughout the rest of society.
Trans activists initially planned to carry forward with a planned “day of vengeance” this weekend before ultimately calling it off because of what organizers called a “credible threat to life and safety.”
As Burchett and others conclude, however, the biggest threat appears to be coming from the trans community, not directed at it.
“If this group is directly calling for violence in the name of ‘vengeance’ and it results in someone killing kids, there needs to be some serious accountability for that,” he said.